The Syrian government made the decision to close the Barzeh Highway in the Greater Damascus area on Wednesday after two soldiers were reportedly abducted near a military post.

The current whereabouts off the two soldiers is unknown; however, local sources believe that the recent abductions are linked to the extremist rebel group “Jaysh Al-Islam” (Army of Islam) because of their large presence in the Barzeh area.

Barzeh is one of the cities that has been reconciled in the East Ghouta region of Greater Damascus; it has also been the site of the latest turmoil because of ongoing disputes between rebel groups and the National Defense Forces (NDF).

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